Have some fun with MarketSmart’s word search!

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My team recently created a word search for our new interns. It includes a bunch of different words and phrases used in the sector and here at MarketSmart. Word List. WORDS OF WISDOM. WORDS THAT WORK. Here’s some great podcast episodes to listen to as you fill out the word search: >>Engagement Fundraising: Season 1, Episode 18 – Creating the Disney Experience. >>Engagement The post Have some fun with MarketSmart’s word search!

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The Words I Removed from My Book

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I made several updates to word choices and language — the book is 10 years old and our language has certainly evolved! I removed the use of this word when describing situations and people (mostly situations) and replaced it with better adjectives on a case by case basis.

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How to Choose Between Two Words

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Should it be this word or that word ? I still hear that some people are reluctant to use the words “nonprofit marketing” to describe what they do, instead preferring the word “nonprofit communications.” Have you used Google Trends to settle an argument about word choices? The post How to Choose Between Two Words appeared first on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog.

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Make It Easy to Spread the Word (Case Study)

Getting Attention

But I see so few orgs that ask supporters to spread the word on vital asks, and even fewer who make it easy (and far more likely) for them to do so. This “spreading the word” strategy has been top of mind lately for, as it’s core to the program launch we’re marketing for a huge and complex New England human services org. Film Festival which I’ve previously spread the word on— and current goal (to boost submissions by COB today ).

Finally, you can learn what words work to raise money!

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Last year I worked with Dr. Russell James to present his findings in the ground-breaking webinar titled Words that Work (get the quick-read eBook here ). In it, he presented evidence that many of the words we use in the sector are actually off-putting to our supporters. For instance, some of the worst words for planned gift marketing are: Bequest; Charitable Gift Annuity; and Remainder Interest Deed. And, if you want to see the sequel, Words that Work 2 , go here.

My Three Words for 2017

J Campbell Social Marketing

Can you condense your New Year’s Resolutions down to just three words? Why Three Words? Even though I have been a long-time fan of Chris Brogan, and I am an avid reader of Rob Hatch’s email musings, I have never created my own three words for a year. The three words approach is simple, yet complex – pick three words that will act as your compass for an entire year. Word #1: Simplify. This leads me directly to my second word.

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Planting Seeds for a Brighter Nonprofit Future – In Your Words

J Campbell Social Marketing

” The post Planting Seeds for a Brighter Nonprofit Future – In Your Words appeared first on marketing for the modern nonprofit. In my email last week, I asked nonprofits to share at least one seed that they are planting right now that they think will benefit the organization in the long-term. The responses were wonderful, and I want to share them with you. Fundraisers are SO generous with their expertise and their time. I have decided to keep the responses anonymous.

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4 Motivating, Memorable Words (Message Case Study)

Getting Attention

If crafted right, these eight words (or less) will complement your organization’s name to convey its unique impact or value with personality, passion, and commitment. Magical, memorable and likely to be repeated, in just a few words! You have a priceless, DOABLE opportunity to position your organization, programs, services, campaigns, and events in audiences’ hearts, minds, schedules, and wallets: Relevant messages ! Your tagline is the heart of your message platform.

CauseMarketing.biz Word Cloud

Cause Related Marketing

I’ve been having some fun with word clouds and the one at the left is from this very blog. Like many such things, this word cloud hides as much as elucidates. It’s plain, for instance, that the word cloud generator only grabs posts from the top-most page of the blog. causemarketing.biz word cloudQuick post today from the left coast. Still, it has its own beauty. Cause-Related Marketing does a world of good.

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Power of Words

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It’s a great example of the power of words. A friend shared this very powerful video with me and I wanted to share it with you. . “Vision Is Seeing the Invisible.&# — Jonathan Swift. Thanks! Sandy. Inspiration Just For Fun Marketing Personal/Professional Development Strategic Uncategorized

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Consider using the word “consider” more often

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“Consider” is a very powerful word for fundraising. So, I suggest you consider using the word “ consider ” more often. The post Consider using the word “consider” more often appeared first on MarketSmart |. Consider this. “Would you consider a gift in the amount of $25,000 to help fund this project?”

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Forget the Elevator Speeches and Give Your Board Members a Word-of-the-Month

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Since then, our Program Director and I have added a Word-of-the-Month to our board agendas. . Sometimes it’s a word; sometimes it’s a phrase. They are given the assignment to bring up the word when with their friends, encouraging them to (gasp!) The real goal is to give them a word or phrase that will spur the conversation and give them the opportunity to hear the responses…kinda like reconnaissance in a way.

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Start Putting These Words Everywhere Right Now

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Put the following words everywhere you possibly can: “Please consider making a gift to {your organization} in your will and financial plan.” The post Start Putting These Words Everywhere Right Now appeared first on MarketSmart. Every single one of your supporters wants to have a meaningful life and wants to be remembered fondly after their lifetime. Many of these same supporters will contemplate the creation of or revision to an estate plan.

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What Words to Use Instead of the Infamous “B-word” (Bequest)

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Last week one of my blog posts told you make sure to stay away from the word “bequest” in your communications with donors. But I failed to tell you what word or words to use instead. The post What Words to Use Instead of the Infamous “B-word” (Bequest) appeared first on MarketSmart. So here are your alternatives: Make a gift to [name of charity] in your will. Leave a gift to [name of charity] in your will.

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L.L. Bean's Cause Marketing in Six Words

Cause Related Marketing

Twice now I’ve written about cause marketing campaigns that can be summed up in six-words. Both times I heard back from readers inspired to pen their own cause marketing summation in six-words. Bean, the Maine retailer and catalog company, is using a six-word statement as a tagline for its cause marketing effort called 'Million Moment Mission.' The six-word line is; “You Share. Andie Grace I frequently advise my clients sum up their cause marketing in six words.

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The Only Famous Last Words That Count

Getting Attention

The only famous last words that matter are your call to action. Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan aced it in his closing statement to last week’s debate: “The choice is clear, and the choice rests with you. And we ask you for your vote. Thank you.” ” As for Biden, he thanked the audience for their attention. Tell people what you’d like them to do. You’ll have a much better chance of getting it. Branding and Messages

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A Word on the Annual Report

A Small Change

It’s the end of the year. Dollars have been raised. Dollars have been spent. Objectives have been established. Objectives (hopefully) have been met. Now, it’s time to shot it from the mountaintops! Or, more likely, get it down on paper and into an electronic or printed format that looks just awesome. After all, it’s the Annual Report for crying out loud! We give a lot weight to this tool, and sometimes, perhaps too much weight.

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Your Favorite and Least Favorite Projects This Year [Word Clouds]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We’ll analyze this more in the coming weeks, but here’s what the word clouds look like. We asked a new question in our annual Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey this year about your most and least favorite projects. (We We are closing the survey Wednesday night — take it here to get the full results before everyone else in January.). Most Favorite Project of the Year. Least Favorite Project of the Year. What do you see in these results?

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3 reasons why I use curse words (but only one that matters)

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“Look,” I said, “Curse words are like lightning bolts. The post 3 reasons why I use curse words (but only one that matters) appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. She told me others would say I was unprofessional. I was asked to lead a roundtable discussion at a conference recently. So I did. And afterward one of the attendees approached me as I got a cup of coffee in the sponsorship expo room.

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Showing Off Your Non-Profit: A Word About Tours

A Small Change

A donor tour is possibly one of the most exciting parts of fundraising. Tours give you the opportunity to show off your organization and talk to your donors face to face. They provide you the chance to share all your organization’s wonderful stories and provide a context for the work that you do.

Start Putting These Words Everywhere Right Now

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Put the following words everywhere you possibly can: “Please consider making a gift to {your organization} in your will and financial plan.” The post Start Putting These Words Everywhere Right Now appeared first on MarketSmart. Every single one of your supporters wants to have a meaningful life and wants to be remembered fondly after their lifetime. Many of these same supporters will contemplate the creation of or revision to an estate plan.

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7 Conversion-Killing Words

The Agitator

Most of the time you read advice about words that are good to use in fundraising … like ‘you’ But here’s a fascinating article on seven words to avoid on your website conversion pages. Spam (such an evil word, it hurts results even to say you won’t do it!). We (a word referencing the messenger not the recipient, thus distracting.

Website Words to Live By

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Here are some of the most important takeaways from our Speed Consulting for Nonprofit Websites webinars, featuring Mark Rovner and Alia McKee SeaChange Strategies along with our own Katya Andresen. Don’t leave your common sense at the door ? ?. Don’t make them have to think (the most important rule!). Interaction with your organization's website should be easy and fulfilling. Visitors don't want to have to stop their search to figure out where to go.

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9 Words for Nonprofits to Avoid in 2011

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Last January's " Words for Nonprofits to Avoid in 2010 " turned out to be Big Duck's most popular blog post of 2010. It warms the cockles of my heart to know that you all value words so much. As I look again at last year's list, I'm also pleased to see that I stand by my advice with regard to the words system, infrastructure, capacity, impact , and catalyst. I'm not a totalitarian when it comes to words. Use the words you want to use.

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The Last Word on the #IceBucketChallenge [Video]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Now that we’ve all dumped ice water on our heads and the ALS Association has raised over $116 million dollars, it’s time to talk about why the Ice Bucket Challenge really worked. Michael Hoffman at See3 invited Joe Waters of SelfishGiving and me to a live Google Hangout conversation about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Here’s the video: What do you think? What are your lasting take-aways?

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More Words from the Wise

Non Profit Marketing 360

This month I had terrific conversations with three movers and shakers in the nonprofit marketing world – and you can read the results. The interviews were posted in the Nonprofit Marketing 360 blog. This month’s offerings are: Howard Adam Levy – principal of Red Rooster Group, a nonprofit branding agency in New York City. Notable quote: “Social media is a step toward engaging younger people and bringing them into the nonprofits’ world.”

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3 words for 2010

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I see a few friends who are setting their intentions for the year by choosing 3 words from Seth Godin’s new guide “ What Matters Now.&# I thought I’d do the same. Instead of choosing 3 words for me, I thought I’d choose 3 things I want for you. Think about what this year might hold if you grabbed these 3 words and took them to heart. Will you take on these 3 words for your year?

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Your Org’s Personality in Three Words?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Do you see your organization in these words? What’s your organization’s personality in three words (either now, or what you aspire to)? When I ask staff at nonprofits to describe their organization’s public personality, I often get blank stares, or something like “Ummm. we don’t have one, so I guess, well, how about ‘boring?’&#. ’&#.

6 Words for Nonprofits to Avoid

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Recently, Lake Superior State University published its 35th annual List of Banished Words for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. It included terms from 2009 such as friend (as a verb—thanks, Facebook); Tweet (good luck not using that one, nonprofiteers); and chillaxin’ (which I’m pretty sure isn’t a word to begin with, but yes, it’s tremendously annoying and disturbingly ubiquitous). And by the way, impactful isn’t a real word.

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Five Words That Spur More Generous Gifts

Non Profit Marketing 360

Volunteers who answered phones were instructed to use one of five words when thanking callers: caring, compassionate, helpful, friendly and kind. Indiana University professor Jen Shang conducted a test with public radio station WFIU during the station’s annual pledge drive. Communications Community Fundraising Nonprofit Public Media Research Study communication donors research

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Make it Easy to Spread the Word: Press Kit+ (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Asking partners, friends and fans to spread the word may be the most effective, yet least expensive, marketing method there is. The Method: Make it easy for partners and bloggers in the nonprofit arena, plus YouTube influencers, to spread the word. Saved me time and effort in spreading the word by providing this digital press kit with a press release, graphics, videos and cut-and-paste social posts (with trackable URLs). More Guidance: Get Your Network to Spread the Word.

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Powerfully Memorable, in 8 Words or Less (Case Study)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

One important ingredient is your tagline — those vital eight words or less that complement your organization’s name to convey its unique impact or value with personality, passion, and commitment. Every single nonprofit org—across size, budget, location and cause—shares a priceless opportunity to position its organizations, programs, fundraising campaigns and special events. And yes, that means your organization.

3 ‘Sounds-Like’ Word Fails that Kill Your Content

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But the English language is tricky, with many words sounding alike. Nancy Schwartz. You labor long and hard to get your marketing content right. We all do. That’s why it’s so dismaying when I see errors like these in campaigns and updates from organizations like yours. It’s not from want of trying! Errors like these three most-frequently-seen ones are easy to make.

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Words vs Video

The Agitator

I love words. I’ve made most of my career out of educating and persuading people through words. And yes, with an occasional photo or graphic to back me up. But now there’s video … but not just video … online video. YouTube just announced that its year-over-year growth in daily visitors is up 40%. And the strongest driver of that growth is viewing via mobile devices, which was up more than 80% for the same period.

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Words from the wise

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In preparation for the onslaught of company at my house this week, I’ve cleaned off my dining room table. It serves as a catch-all for the mail and other junk we bring in. In the stack of mail is a newsletter from my horse vet. He’s about 80-something years old and still makes farm calls.

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Worth a 1,001 Words

Getting Attention

Thanks to Fast Company for highlighting this fantastic example of effective graphic communication. Take a look here to digest the entire poster , then move quickly to hide your bottle of water under your desk. More seriously, this is graphic communication at its finest. I learned (and retain) more about the detriment that bottled water production contributes to our world (and our health, in some cases) in five minutes here than I ever would have in digesting a few paragraphs of text.

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Here’s why you should remove the word "bequest" from your vocabulary

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The word bequest sucks when it comes to generating planned gift revenue. Here’s why: No one uses this word with their family and friends so you shouldn’t use it with your donors… they won’t “get it” It reminds people about death and nothing scares people away from making planned giving decisions faster than thoughts about death. Stop using it.

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Words That Mean Instant Doom for Press Releases

Non Profit Marketing 360

The PR News blog has compiled a list of 10 words that repel reporters on sight. Even more interesting, the post drew 74 comments (at last count) with additional words that reporters love to hate. Note to self: Be sure not to include any of these words in this newsletter. The post Words That Mean Instant Doom for Press Releases appeared first on Nonprofit Marketing 360. Among them: fastest-growing, incredible, powerful, leading, and utilize.

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20 Additional Words for Nonprofits to Avoid

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Last week we shared 6 Words Nonprofit Should Avoid in 2010 [link] which lit a fire under our fellow language purists' behinds to contribute their own irksome, shudder-inspiring, jargon-filled terms and punctuation usages to include on the banned list. " - Jude "My two least favorite words that should be banned forever? Apparently, they don't want to read the words " pilot program " in our proposals. Here are two: Humbug on the word synergy.

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ACTION! 61 Words & Phrases for Email Advocacy Campaigns

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Try one of these tried-and-true words and phrases to get the open, click and completion! Sending a petition, pledge or other advocacy call to action to your email list? I’ve combed thousands of emails from top advocacy organizations to get these phrases that work…so you don’t have to! And if you’re interested in learning more about digital advocacy, check out my live, subscriber-only Beginner’s Guide to Digital Advocacy webinar on Wednesday, March 30, 1 pm ET. Get Your Pass Now!

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The Best Words

The Agitator

He says he titling it: Never Use a Word You Can’t Spell. Here he teases us with the chapter on words. Anybody who needs to deal with the written word would benefit from a read, but you’ll especially enjoy it if your fundraising role involves preparing or approving copy. Copywriting pro Denny Hatch is writing a book on, well, writing. Should be a gem.

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Epic Cause Marketing In Six Words

Cause Related Marketing

In 2009 I wrote a post I called Cause Marketing in Six Words. It was inspired by Rachel Ferschleiser and Larry Smith's book "Not Quite What I was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure." It begins with a story about Ernest Hemingway who was once challenged to write a book in six words. Andie Grace Here’s my challenge to you cause marketers: develop a description of your campaign that comprises six words [or less!].

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3 Ideas for Getting the Word Out to Your Donors About Online Fundraising Campaigns

J Campbell Social Marketing

The same applies for online fundraising campaigns, but nonprofits are less confident in their respective abilities to spread the word for those campaigns. When talking about getting the word out about online fundraising campaigns, it seems a bit counterintuitive to include a discussion of donor retention, but it should not. The post 3 Ideas for Getting the Word Out to Your Donors About Online Fundraising Campaigns appeared first on JCSM. Guest post by Gretchen Barry.